Whenever I’m asked “which is the best camera?” I pretty much respond: “the one you have on you.” In fact, most of the images in this book were taken with my cell phone simply because I always have it with me.
This is not only a book about street photography but a visual diary, or collection of quirky, unusual and sometimes just plain weird photos I’ve taken over the course of the last decade.
As a street photographer, I need to be an assiduous walker. My sneakers often take me to little known, hidden corners, seaweed strewn (and sometimes stinky) beaches and really cool back alleys of my rather small island city of Victoria, BC.
I’ve also included images of curiosities I’ve seen throughout my travels.
Everyone sees the world differently and this is my collection of the quirkiness that I call life.
These days many of us stare at screens rather than the world around us. We go through the motions of life without really pausing to listen to the noises we hear or look around at all the beautiful people and places that we pass daily. We go through life without really paying much attention to the external world at all.
Now imagine someone handed you a camera and asked you to take photographs of the images that passed before you.
What would you want to capture? Is it the look of the children boarding the bus, the reflection of yourself standing in front of a large store window, the way the light bounces off the window in an old coffee shop or the way your brightly colored shoes look in contrast to the dull, grey pavement? As you move throughout the day, walking from place to place, what do you see?
When you handed back the camera at the end of the day what would you want to show the person that gave it to you? What would you want to share with them? What would you want them to see that you had already seen?
“walk with me” is a quirky little book that captures the interesting moments that passed before the photographer’s eyes. What caught her attention as she walked down the street? Sometimes it appears to be bright colors other times it’s the reflection of light around her. Glancing through this book I was reminded of all the little things we see throughout our day. All the little things that we so often ignore or go unnoticed. This book reminded me to take a moment to reflect on the beauty around me.
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About the Author / Photographer:
Debra Schoenberger aka #girlwithcamera
“My dad always carried a camera under the seat of his car and was constantly taking pictures. I think that his example, together with pouring over National Geographic magazines as a child fuelled my curiosity for the world around me.
I am a documentary photographer and street photography is my passion. Some of my images have been chosen by National Geographic as editor’s favourites and are on display in the National Geographic museum in Washington, DC. I also have an off-kilter sense of humour so I’m always looking for the unusual.
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